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Friday, April 13, 2012 - 6:00pm

The Cuban guitarist has been based in the U.S. for nearly two decades. He still sings in Spanish almost exclusively, and his imagination is vivid as he conjures Johnny's Dream Club as a venue -- perhaps a romantic, divey haunt -- in a long-lost New Orleans. With some of New York's top Latin jazz musicians to fulfill his vision, Formell sits at the center, singing and strumming.

Friday, April 13, 2012 - 2:00pm

We celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month and the City of Worcester on Friday, April 13th in the performance studio as Mayor Joe Petty declares "Jazz Day." The mayor will make the official proclamation while you enjoy the sounds of the WICN-Worcester Jazz All-Stars. Dick Odgren, Bob Simonelli, Rich Ardizone, Pete LeVeque & Mark Holovnia will perform on this special day.  Tune in at 2 pm on Friday and help us celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month!!!

Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 7:00pm

Featuring the best-known folk artists of the popular, commercial Folk Revival from 1948-1973 or so: Burl Ives, The Weavers, Harry Belafonte, The Tarriers, The Kingston Trio, The Limeliters, The Brothers Four, The Chad Mitchell Trio, Joan Baez, The Highwaymen, Bob Dylan, Peter-Paul-&-Mary, The New Christy Minstrels, and many more!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 6:00pm

The Divine Miss M—singer, actress, and comedian Bette Midler—is Feinstein’s guest for an hour of pure radio fun. Midler opens a crate of favorite tunes from her record collection—from Louis Jordan to vintage Hawaiian music to Destiny’s Child, along with stories from her multi-faceted career. Feinstein presents her with a solo arrangement of "I'll Be There," a song written for her by the legendary songwriting team Alan and Marilyn Bergman.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 6:00pm

This edition of Jazz Inspired revisits Judy Carmichael's 2005 conversation with Broadway composer Stephen Flaherty (“Ragtime”) who discusses his evolution as a composer and how he draws on jazz for inspiration.

Monday, April 9, 2012 - 7:00pm

The Rev. Green turns 66 this week! Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates the life and music of one of the most beloved soul singers of our time. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, April 9, 2012 - 6:00pm

The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra from Los Angeles and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis come out swinging and duke it out on the bandstand. On stage, side by side, the bands trade licks and even come together on tunes like Thad Jones' "To You" and John Hamilton's own "Ragablues." Join us for this battle royal! Wendell Pierce hosts.

Sunday, April 8, 2012 - 10:30pm

While the Supreme Court hears arguments regarding the President's Health Insurance Mandate. Others believe the final decision will ultimately define Barack Obama's Presidency. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by nationally recognized health care attorney, Jonathan Fleece.

Sunday, April 8, 2012 - 9:00pm

Amazingly, there are a small set of numbers, values and constants that define the way our entire universe works and has evolved. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with a man who has written a wonderful book about these very important numbers: Professor of mathematics at California State University JAMES D. STEIN. His entertaining history of science and mathematics is COSMIC NUMBERS: THE NUMBERS THAT DEFINE OUR UNIVERSE. Tonight we talk about the value of Absolute Zero, the coldest anything in the universe can get, and what weird things happen to matter as it is brought to this ultimate “big chill”. We finish our conversation by discussing the Omega value, a number that may well determine the fate of the entire universe.

Tonight on Inquiry we have a fascinating talk with writer BERND BRUNNER about the history and evolution of the aquarium. What started out as an attempt to bring a small bit of the wild and unknown ocean into the home eventually become a worldwide hobby and public entertainment. But are fish really meant to be “kept in a box?” Tune in to find out. Brunner’s beautiful and unique social natural history is titled THE OCEAN AT HOME: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE AQUARIUM.

Friday, April 6, 2012 - 6:00pm

The Kennedy Center is the home of the low blow tonight, as five-time DownBeat Magazine baritone sax poll winner Gary Smulyan joins the committed, brilliant pianist Benny Green. Listen for rhythmic energy, quirky Thelonious Monk melodies, humor, and the Washingtons -- Peter and Kenny (no relation) -- ideal on bass and drums. 

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